Shooting film has had quite a resurgence over the past few years, and it's easy to see why. You can purchase an excellent film camera for a fraction of the price of a modern digital camera, and film will give your photos a look that is undeniably unique and simply impossible to match with today's digital sensors.
I am not a film aficionado by any means, but I wanted to dive in head-first. Having shot Leica rangefinder cameras for some time, a film rangefinder seemed like a natural progression. The Yashica Electro 35 GSN is a camera that comes up over and over again online, and is met with incredibly positive reviews, particularly of its fixed 45mm f1.7 lens. Spend some time on the Yashica Electro 35 Flickr pool and you'll see what I mean — it's a gorgeous lens.
This is a rangefinder camera, so to use it you'll need to familiarize yourself with the rangefinder focusing process. But once you get the hang of it, this is an incredibly simple camera to shoot. It only has one mode--aperture priority. You set your aperture and film speed, and the shutter speed is calculated automatically. There is a meter in the viewfinder that will warn you of either dangerously slow shutter speeds or risk of overexposure. And that's it.
The best part about this camera is that it can be had for very little money, and because there's such a large community of people still shooting them, they are very easily repaired by most camera repair shops, and plenty of documentation online covering the various issues you may run into with a 40 year old camera. I found mine on eBay in mint condition for $75, and I had it CLA'd at a local camera shop for just over $25. This thing is a bargain.
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